Map of the World in Two Hemispheres f. 2
Cartographer: Martines, Joan
Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum
This is a map of the two hemispheres of the world. It is from a bound volume of portolan charts, drawn on vellum by Joan Martines, a chart maker from Messina, Italy and dates from 1567. Portolan charts take their name from the Italian ‘Portolano’, meaning a written description of Catalan and Italian ports along a coastline. The first portolan Charts date from the late 13th century and represent an important change in the use of maps and charts. Until this point, most maps had held a religious significance and purpose, such as the medieval mappa mundi which was based on theological beliefs. The portolan chart contrasts with this tradition as they are based on direct observation and first hand experience and have a practical purpose. These maps form the frontispiece to the atlas and are inscribe with the name of the chart maker and the date. Here the Scotland is not shown as an island but seems to be joined to England by a small bridge of land, this may be a coincidence. The Bay of Cardigan is not indicated.